Rikya Taylor is one of the most sought after celebrity hair stylists out there. She’s known for making our favorite singers, actresses, and reality TV darlings look amazing. And she provides her top-notch natural hair care and extension services to her clients at her exclusive salon in the Atlanta area. KONTROL chatted with this mane magician and owner of Keep It Natural salon for an insightful look into her world of beauty.
Rikya got her start in the industry through word-of-mouth. “I started initially with a photographer. Most of his clients were models and talent. He would set up album covers, editorials, and local ads.” she says. The quality of her work left the singers and models wanting more. Taylor shared, “From there, the talent would like my other services and they would take me on other jobs with them. And it kind of just grew by referral.”
When asked to name some of her fave celebrity clients, Rikya’s list mirrored a Who’s Who list of some of the most popular celebs out there. Clients include Kelly Rowland, the Braxtons, and LaLa Vasquez-Anthony. She noted that her favorite “throwback” client will always be the First Daughter of Soul, Lalah Hathaway. But “Motivation” singer Kelly Rowland tops her list.
Although she has worked in a variety of settings, Rikya definitely has a preference for working in one particular setting: reality TV. She noted, “Reality TV provides the most experience and the most exposure. And it’s something I wouldn’t mind doing routinely. No more urban videos for me!”
Taking some time to discuss her craft, we wanted to know her take on some of the biggest mistakes women seem to be making when it comes to extensions. With no hesitation Taylor responded, “With extensions, it’s the type of hair.
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